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Juba, 2 November 2018; In the fastest yet by Kiir in a move as requested by DR. Riek Machar for peace to ensure all political prisoners and detainees should be freed.  President Kiir during his peace celebration speech in the presence of regional leaders on Wednesday promised to free James Gatdet Dak, Machar's former spokesperson. 

James Gatdet and his South African colleague retired Col William Endley who were sentenced by the court in Juba to death were both set free on Friday morning. 

James Gatdet who appeared calm and shaky in his orange prison wear thanked the President for his freedom, " I am very thankful that President Salva Kiir had ordered to release me from prison" said weakly looking Gatdet. 

He further said "I want to express my happiness because I am free again after two years in detention and prison" in the presence of journalists who assembled at Juba Central prison to witness the release of James Gatdet, " I want to thank President Salva Kiir Mayardit for ordering my release, " 

" I am happy because this will enable me to reunite with my family members and friends after a long period of time in prison,” says James Gatdet.  

He further thanked the President, the opposition leader his former boss Dr. Machar and other opposition political leaders who signed the Revitalized Peace agreement. "I congratulate H.E the President on signing the revitalized peace agreement with his brother Dr. Riek Machar Teny, the chairman of the SPLM-IO and other opposition leaders and parties," he added 

The next thing in my mind is to visit my family after a long time, then, I will come back to Juba when the time comes for the formation of the transitional unity government.  

However, it is not immediately clear whether James Gatdet will be allowed to leave Juba and if he is allowed, where will he be going? 

James Gatdet will now be a freeman to breathe, still, however, there is no celebration for the families of two SPLA-IO activists, namely Dong Samuel, and Aggrey Idris Ezbon, here there was no mentioning of the two in the President Kiir's address, this raises serious concerns, as to the whereabouts of the two prominent members of opposition who were kidnapped in an unlawful manner by Kenyan security agencies in collaboration with South Sudan National Security Service in day broad light in Kenyan capital Nairobi in 2017. 

We in the media house are still demanding and want Kiir to produce the two individuals if they are still alive, they should as well be set free as per the terms of the peace agreement. 

J. Roberts Swaka


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